Budd Mishkin has created and hosted nights of compelling conversation at venues all around New York and New Jersey, including Barnes and Noble, the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and primarily the 92nd St. Y.  His guests have included Bob Costas, Wynton Marsalis, Dan Rather, Gloria Steinem, Suzanne Vega, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and many more.  Here are some of the nights that Budd has hosted over the past decade.

May 17, 2020
The New York Knicks of the late sixties and early seventies epitomized team on the court and class off the court.  They were the beloved team of my youth.  What a treat it was to host Willie Reed, Walt Frazier, Senator Bill Bradley and Dr. Dick Barnett in conversation (remotely) for the 92nd St. Y.  An absolute labor of love.


May 12, 2020
The theater producer Manny Azenberg is a great New Yorker and a wonderful storyteller.  What a pleasure it was to speak with him about his life in the theater, his association with playwrights Tom Stoppard and Neil Simon, our mutual love of the championship New York Knicks of the late 60s and early 70s and how his ability to field a ground ball smoothly changed the arc of his career.   The conversation was sponsored by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.  Enjoy.

April 19, 2020
Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III were scheduled to make history in the spring of 2020 as the first African American pair to dance the roles of Romeo and Juliet in the history of the American Ballet Theatre.   The season was cancelled because of the coronavirus.  But Misty and Calvin joined me in conversation (remotely) for the 92nd St. Y.


“With actor Bill Irwin during our on stage conversation at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York. “




Budd Mishkin with David Margolick at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College in New York 

The Roosevelt House at Hunter College in New York hosted author David Margolick and Budd in a discussion of Margolick’s highly praised book, “The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.”  May 29, 2018
“What a treat to Interview Keith Hernandez at the annual South Orange Maplewood Book Festival in Maplewood, NJ. June 9, 2018”












Budd Mishkin with Mary Matalin and James Carville at the 92nd St. Y, January 8, 2014

The political mixed marriage of Mary Matalin and James Carville spoke about one of the most dissected marriages in politics, united in love of family and New Orleans but on opposite sides of the political aisle.


“New York Stories: Budd Mishkin with Liz Smith, Gay Talese, Pete Hamill and Calvin Trillin

at the 92nd St. Y, November 3, 2013

What a night of great stories from four gifted storytellers, including stories of coming to New York, the first blush of success and the continued fulfillment of writing.

Budd Mishkin with David Johansen at the 92nd St. Y, September 21, 2015

A New York original, David Johansen talked about growing up on Staten Island and his various musical chapters, including Buster Poindexter and The New York Dolls.

Budd Mishkin with David Duchovny at the 92nd St. Y, April 19, 2016

David Duchovny came to the 92nd St. Y to promote a novel entitled Bucky F….ing Dent.  He spoke about growing up in New York playing baseball, his music career and of course The X Files.

Budd Mishkin with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the 92nd St. Y, 2013

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had an amazing basketball career.  But he is hardly defined by his accomplishments on the court.  He is a prolific author, on this occasion promoting a young adult book called “Sasquatch in the Paint.”  Abdul-Jabbar spoke about growing up in New York, initially preferring baseball to basketball, an NBA Hall of Fame career and lessons beyond the court.


Budd Mishkin with Tim Gunn at the 92nd St. Y, March 11, 2008

For years, Tim Gunn was influential in the fashion world as a faculty member of Parsons The New School of Design.  And then came Project Runway.  Gunn spoke about fame after 50, his fashion likes and dislikes and a fascinating childhood with a father who was J. Edgar Hoover’s right hand man at the FBI.  And there’s a hilarious story about the actress Vivian Vance.

Budd Mishkin with Morley Safer at the 92nd St. Y, December 17, 2009

Morley Safer spoke about covering the Vietnam War, his thoughts on the world of art and traveling the world for 60 Minutes.

Budd Mishkin with Graham Nash at the 92nd St. Y, February 26, 2016

Graham Nash spoke with Budd as he was getting ready to release his most recent album This Path Tonight.  He discussed growing up in post war Great Britain, his first time in New York, The Hollies and the creation and the highs and lows of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.